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UNESCO India report highlights scope of AI in education

New Delhi, September 22 2022: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched today its 2022 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education – Here, There and Everywhere. This publication is the annual flagship report of the UNESCO New Delhi Office and is based on extensive research. 
This fourth edition of the State of Education Report provides an introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to demystify a subject that has endured various misconceptions. This is supplemented by an overview of challenges and opportunities in the Indian education sector that Artificial Intelligence can address. It is reported that the AI market in India is expected to reach US$7.8 billion by 2025 at the rate of 20.2 per cent compound annual growth. To align India’s curriculum to the 21st century and to prepare the students for the AI economy, India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 lays profound emphasis on the need to impart the necessary technical knowledge at all levels of education.  It emphasizes the integration of AI in Education to also promote quality and skill-based education.  \
With this Report, UNESCO offers a glimpse of the varied dimensions and suggestions for future uses of Artificial Intelligence in the school setting. We hope this publication will serve as a useful reference tool for enhancing and influencing programmes and policies related to technology and, in particular to Artificial Intelligence; while at the same time, never losing the focus that all technology should be human-centered and benefit the greater interest of humanity.    
In line with the national vision of Digital India, the report concludes with a set of ten action-oriented recommendations that we hope will catalyze India’s transformational journey through technological education and advanced tech-driven solutions in the educational processes. 
-Consider the ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Education as an utmost priority
-Rapidly provide an overall regulatory framework for Artificial Intelligence in Education
-Create effective public-private partnerships
-Ensure that all students and teachers have access to the latest technology
-Expand AI literacy efforts
-Attempt to correct algorithmic biases and the resulting discrimination
-Improve public trust in Artificial Intelligence
-Request the private sector to better involve students and educationists in developing AI products
-Place ownership of data with the students
-Embrace the versatility of Artificial Intelligence in Education systems
The substance of the Report has been developed by an expert team of researchers under the guidance of the UNESCO New Delhi Office.  The Office extends its gratitude to Intel India and Vantage for their timely support and cooperation. 
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